Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

High Avalanche Danger After N Utah Gets Heavy Snow

The mountain town of Liberty is digging out after receiving a whopping 34 inches of new snow. Other northern Utah communities also received impressive amounts of snowfall.

The storm has now moved away from Utah. The current forecast should give us a few days to recover before the weekend brings another chance for snow.

As I write this, many areas have sunshine and spring-like temperatures.

Avalanche danger is now extreme in some northern Utah backcountry areas. An avalanche warning remains in effect for the Wasatch Mountains north of I-80 to include the Bear River Range. The danger is rated as considerable in other Wasatch and Uinta mountain areas.

Developed ski resorts and highways are exempt from the warning because avalanche control work is done to minimize danger in those areas.

The Utah Avalanche Center advises people to avoid steep slopes in backcountry areas. See the Center's website for more information.

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